Sarah Fleiss is thrilled to be a current student of Julia Faulkner at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Since starting in August 2019, she has performed in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra as Dorabella in the Cosi fan Tutte sextet, as well as in Field Hall in the new vocal students’ recital. Over the course of the fall semester, she covered Rosina in the fall mainstage opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia and performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach in December with a chamber ensemble that marked her first early music performance.
In January, she sang the contralto part in the Shostikovich cycle From "Jewish Folk Poetry" (Op. 79) in a concert of Russian works. In March, she made her Curtis Opera debut as Cis in Britten’s Albert Herring, as well as covered the role of Nancy. She also covered Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She will be premiering a work of Cuban-American composer Tania León at the Musical Fund Society in Philadelphia, performing a piece written specifically for her voice.
Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, she was planning to attend Songfest at the Colburn School as well as the Aims program in Graz, Austria. This past summer, she made her role debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the
Berlin Opera Academy, and attended the Classic Lyric Arts program in Emilia-Romagna,
Italy. She got the opportunity to perform opera scenes around the region in Italy, as well
as sing in masterclasses with agent Sandra Hormozi and soprano Donata D’Annuzio
Lombardi. Past summer programs include Oberlin in Italy, where she sang in Puccini’s
La Rondine, and participated in a masterclass with conductor of Opera Colorado, Ari Pelto.
In the summer of 2017, she sang Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Manhattan Opera
Studio's Summer festival, as well as covered Susanna. Here, she sang in a masterclass
for conductor Roger Malouf.
Prior to Curtis, Sarah attended Columbia University and the Juilliard Exchange-Program for two years, studying under voice chair, Edith Bers. At Columbia, outside of her academics, she sang with the Columbia New Opera Workshop as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Rosalinda in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, and in multiple opera scenes, including the American Premiere of No Masque for Good Measure by Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts. In her final spring, she narrated Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat. She was also involved in two a capella groups, the Columbia Music Performance Program, and made Dean's list each spring.
She attended the Juilliard Pre-College her senior year of high-school, studying with Lorraine Nubar. In high-school and in grade school, she was heavily involved in musical theatre and performed in countless shows and concerts. Some of her favorite roles include: Clara (The Light in the Piazza), Maria (The Sound of Music), Anna (The King and I), Nellie (South Pacific), Vivienne (Legally Blonde), Meg (Little Women), Fastrada (Pippin) and Daniela (In the Heights). She also participated in a workshopping of a genre-blending Dido and Aeneas at NYU.
She has been awarded scholarships from the George London Foundation and the Voce di Meche opera blog. She was a National Semi-Finalist/Regional Finalist at the New York Lyric Opera national competition two years in a row, and was a finalist in the Hal Leonard national competition. She won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical at the National Youth Theater Awards twice and was nominated two other times.
Sarah started taking voice lessons at 8 years old, and is so grateful that she gets to pursue her passion to its fullest extent. At 10, she started studying with mezzo Gulnara Mitzanova and since then, has been exploring the joy her voice brings to her, as well as to other people. She wishes to use her voice in all capacities, as she believes artists have the beautiful opportunity and social responsibility to spread light, love, and compassion for all beings. She loves literature, nature, art, and hopes to combine all of her disciplines to keep exploring what it means to be alive.